The Flame of Love

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The Flame of Love
The Flame of Love.jpg
Directed by
Written by
Produced byRichard Eichberg
Edited by Sam Simmonds
Music by Hans May
Distributed by Wardour Films
Release date
March 1930
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Flame of Love is a 1930 British drama film, that is a love story between Russian military officer and a Chinese actress. Directed by Richard Eichberg and Walter Summers it stars Anna May Wong and John Longden and has a running time of 74 minutes. This film has also been released under the title Road to Dishonour.


It was made at Elstree Studios by British International Pictures. Separate French ( Hai-Tang ) and German-language versions ( The Road to Dishonour ) of the film were also made and released. The film's sets were designed by Clarence Elder, Willi Herrmann and Werner Schlichting.


The Flame of Love is the story of a beautiful young Chinese actress who falls in love with a Russian military officer. While performing one night, the Grand Duke sees Hai-Tang (Wong) on stage and immediately decides he must have her for himself. The Grand Duke orders the officer Hai-Tang has fallen for (Boris) to bring her to his room, and after a night of drinking he tries to make love to Hai-Tang. Her brother sees this unfolding and wounds the Grand Duke, resulting in him being punished by death. Hai-Tang decides to give in to the Grand Dukes sexual temptation in return for her brothers freedom. The Grand Duke accepts this offer but then learns of the love affair between Hai-Tang and his Lieutenant Boris. After finding this out, the Grand Duke releases Hai-Tang from her bargain as long as she leave Russia and never see Boris again.


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